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Fine Scale Modeler going down to 6 issues of year!


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Must be struggling, particularly as they have just 'absorbed' Scale Auto'.

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It is disappointing, especially since the most recent issue - November/December - is 58 pages, same as the old single month issue. According to Aaron Skinner’s note in this issue, the costs have gone up and they’ve had to take this step. It’s too bad, since they’re AFAIK the only US-published military model-related magazine in the US now.
 

I’m willing to stay with them through the end of my current subscription, and depending on future content, will decide about renewing when the time comes.

 

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Kalmbach has a number of different subject magazines, and maybe some of those are suffering as well as FSM.

At least it is still going as a general subject model magazine. Airfix Modelworld and Tamiya International are the only other commercial English language ones I can think of apart from the Journal and IPMS UK magazine.

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19 hours ago, DaSWO said:

My guess is they go digital to survive...

Maybe, but I really like the hard-copy issues of these, also known as "waiting room insurance." Kept handy in the car, lest one truly enjoys reading about Megan Markle's latest pet-recipes, ad nauseum.

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Never seen Megan Markle with a dog or cat in any photos.

Am I missing something about how she appears to be an authority on animal feeding to write a pet recipe book? Just cashing in on being married to a royal I guess. 

More interesting things in the world than an ex actress writing about feeding pets, like the future of Fine Scale Modeler. It 'absorbed' Scale Auto. Well that was doom for auto modelling enthusiasts straight away! I have seen a number of magazines go that route where the absorbed magazine content dwindled to nothing very soon after. Nothing changes does it?

 

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On 10/20/2021 at 12:36 PM, VonL said:

Maybe, but I really like the hard-copy issues of these, also known as "waiting room insurance." Kept handy in the car, lest one truly enjoys reading about Megan Markle's latest pet-recipes, ad nauseum.

I print my copies and have them in a 3 ring notebook. 

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FWIW, that 'pet-recipes' comment was just a hypothetical example of the lame, pop-culture goofiness with which one is usually stuck in the waiting-room reading venue. An older version of this point might have been "Jackie's UFO-Cancer-Diet!" CAUTION: Humor in progress.

Love my hard-copy of the IPMS JOURNAL, too.

 

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Well, I see it from both sides of the fence.  I have written for hard copy magazines for decades but now most of what I now publish is digital.  And self-published at that.  Leave us to not forget that Amazing Figure Modeler has thrown in the towel and gone 100% digital.  Unfortunately, that is the fate every model publication is facing.  Also, the wealth...or dearth...of kit build videos on Youtube, from Plasmo on down, is another factor.  You can't overlook the fact that all of those videos can also be viewed repeatedly for free.  If nothing else, it makes trying to make a living at this business more than a little difficult.

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